Morning Linkage, etc.
Fred Ross is good at football - Often lost in the enormous shadow cast by Dakasaurus Prex, Fred Ross had himself a damn fine season of football. In fact, it may end up being the best season for a wide receiver in the history of Mississippi State athletics. Solid work, Mr. Ross.
Bowling philanthropically - The fellas are having a great time in Charlotte, what with the gigantic race track, zoologically confused sports franchises, and Belk stores on every corner. But they're also rounding out their experience with some charity work.
Speaking of living it up in Charlotte . . . - Take it away Bobby C:
Coach Schaefer is hilarious - So, State's Top 10 ladies' basketball team played a game earlier this week. After the game, Coach Schaefer spoke with the media about the game. He was, um, unimpressed with the team. Very. Here's a short clip of the press conference that you should watch before reading on:
Sounds pretty bad, doesn't it? Team must have really laid a dud.
Yeah, we won by 40.
If you'd like to watch another lackadaisical performance like Monday's, tune in to (or, given the conflict with the bowl game, record) the SEC Network at 3:30 (CST) today to see our team play a Top 20 USF team in the SEC/ACC challenge.
The last pre-game coach speak of the season - It's faaaannnnnntastic!
So State and State walked into a Tractor Supply one day . . . . - Our excellent sister/brother/step-sibling site Backing the Pack has a great tounge-in-cheek article about MSU and NC State's shared agricultural and football histories, complete with clips from old newspapers that discuss the teams' previous match-ups way, way back in the day. Here's a morsel to whet your appetite:
Clearly our country credentials are legitimate. The same can be said for Mississippi State, whose students for all we know were and remain fond of riding cows about town. It's been 20 years since we've met face-to-face, so we'll need some time to catch up. As cousins, I'm sure we'll quickly fall into old habit, which is football with a side of barn.
While you're over there, check out our own Justin Stutton's Q&A about the bowl game.
Yes, it really will be Dak's game at MSU - And yes, that sucks. But people, it's been a helluva couple of years. I plan on basking in Dak's glory as much as possible during the game later today. (Assuming our O-Line keeps him upright long enough to complete a pass or two. Zing!) I suggest you do the same.
So my sister gave me a copy of Kamsai Washington's critically acclaimed album The Epic for Christmas. It's a three-hour beast that's been out since May. I'm only an hour or so in, so I'm not sure what I think of it yet. But the track that closes the first disc—a Stevie-Wonder-esque cut called "The Rhythm Changes"—is good enough to warrant sharing. It's especially fitting as a denouement, which lends further merit to its inclusion here. Enjoy: